Advancing the Art of Science Communication

Communications Mentors

Elizabeth Doughman

Elizabeth Doughman is the Editor in Chief of ALN Magazine ( She has been working on the multimedia publication since 2006, where she writes about everything from vivarium design to methods of improving laboratory animal welfare. Elizabeth graduated with a BS in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky in 2006 and earned an MA in Journalism from Northeastern University in 2008. She loves her horse, Cherokee, and specializes in sharing weird science facts at cocktail parties.

Carol Feinberg

Carol Feinberg is account director for Vitiello Communications Group, providing communications support to the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and financial services industries. Prior to joining VTLA, she managed clinical programs at Unilever Research and Development. She holds a patent for the invention of a novel skin-sampling device. She earned her BS in Chemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers and has won several awards for her communications work.

Karen Heinold

Karen Heinold is a project director at Potomac Communications Group (PCG), where she provides strategic communications counsel, and media training and outreach for a range of corporate and association clients. She has 10 years of experience in communicating about energy, engineering and other technical topics. Prior to joining PCG, Karen was the manager of state public relations at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), where she focused on increasing public awareness of the state of the nation’s infrastructure and other civil engineering-related issues. A graduate of James Madison University, she earned a bachelor’s degree in media arts and design with a
concentration in corporate communication.

Katherine Moldave

Katherine (Cathy) Moldave has been a freelance science and technology writer; held several management positions at Merck AgVet and Merial Ltd.; cofounded the animal health consultancy and clinical CRO AlcheraBio LLC; and recently cofounded Turnstone Animal Health, a strategic communications and business-development support organization. She’s mentored Rutgers animal science grad students and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs. She has an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson, and, like cSw participants, a great deal of curiosity.

Mona Terrell

Mona Terrell began her career in communications as a journalist in Washington, DC and has held senior level management positions in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotech research, and public transportation industries. As a global corporate communications professional, Mona has cultivated a variety of specialty areas, including public relations; media relations and issues preparedness; advocacy and community engagement; social responsibility strategies and program administration; and employee and management communications. She received her BA in Political Science from Howard University in Washington, DC and is also an Adjunct Professor at the Seton Hall University School of Communications in New Jersey.

Janet Torsney

Currently, director of the Bradley Beach Public Library, Janet Torsney had an extensive communications career before she became a librarian. She was director of public affairs for Save the Children, director of information at the United Negro College Fund, and director of publications at the United Nations Association. As a consultant, her clients included UN agencies and nonprofits dedicated to children and families. Her specialties include speech writing, annual reports, strategic plans, articles and online content. Early in her career when she was an assistant editor of Rolling Stone’s College Papers, she was part of a five-person team that created a new magazine for college students.

Christina Walrond

Christina Walrond is project manager at Potomac Communications Group, where she works with a variety of science and technology clients on communications planning, issue research and analysis, and media relations. Prior to joining PCG, Christina worked as a research analyst for a prominent think tank where she authored reports and analyses on technical nuclear weapons and nuclear energy issues. She holds a master’s degree in International Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Allegheny College.